President Xi Jinping meets with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines

On May 15, 2017, President Xi Jinping met at the Great Hall of the People with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who was in China for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF).

President Xi Jinping pointed out that the Philippines is a friendly neighbor of China and also an important partner in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road". It is the right path for the development of China-Philippines relations by adhering to good neighborliness and friendship as well as achieving win-win cooperation. China is willing to, together with the Philippines, promote the docking of bilateral development strategies, and push for more achievements on the road of common development, so as to better benefit the two peoples.

Xi Jinping stressed that leaders of both countries should strengthen exchanges over some major issues involving bilateral relations and guide them on the right track toward a sound and stable development. Both countries should deepen practical cooperation, enhance cooperation in infrastructure construction, combating transnational crimes at sea, joint maritime search and rescue, poverty alleviation, people's livelihood as well as drug control, and promote the implementation of cooperation in key areas as soon as possible or the phased achievements in these areas. Both countries should intensify cooperation and exchanges in such areas as legislative institutions, local governments, culture, youth, tourism and personnel exchanges. China supports the Philippines to take the rotating presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). China will strengthen communication and cooperation with ASEAN countries, deepen the common interests in political security and economy, and expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, in a bid to elevate China-ASEAN relations to new highs.

Rodrigo Duterte congratulated on the successful hosting of the BRF, and said that the "Belt and Road" initiative will effectively promote the connectivity and economic growth in Asia and will also bring job opportunities and prosperity to the Philippines. Currently, the friendship between the Philippines and China has been strengthened and both are important trade partners to each other. The two countries have resumed dialogues in various fields. The Philippine side thanked China for its support in politics, economy, trade, drug control and other fields. The Philippines is willing to, together with China, maintain close contacts, deepen and expand mutually beneficial cooperation, and promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so as to enhance the bond of bilateral relations. The Philippines will be committed to strengthening ASEAN-China cooperation.

After the meeting, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of multiple cooperation documents in the fields of economy, technology, infrastructure, human resources, energy, press and publication.

Wang Huning, Wang Yang, Li Zhanshu and Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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